Social media feeds are with anti-Black racist abuse targeting those England players whose penalties didn’t land during the Euro 2020 Final on Sunday: Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho.

Boris Johnson, of course, released a condemning the “appalling” abuse, calling it “disgusting behaviour” and saying those behind…


Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is “determined to unite the party” and “committed to rooting out anti-Semitism”. Many are talking of a leftwing purge, which Keir emphatically denies, saying “we’re far better united”.

However, he has suspended his predecessor, who was for a large proportion of Labour Party members, the…


“In the midst of uncertainty and turmoil, America’s support for Israel’s security must be rock solid.”

So runs Harris’s address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobby group with over 100,000 members and a “” (link below).

Described by American political scholars John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt as having a “”, AIPAC wields great power over Capitol…


What led to Winston Churchill being removed from office in the fabled ‘11th hour’ of World War II? In 1945, his Conservative Party lost the general election and Churchill resigned as Prime Minister of the UK. Instead, Clement Attlee’s Labour Party emerged victorious.

Winston Churchill’s rise to power

Churchill’s illustrious military career saw him serve…


Why do people troll? What’s the psychology behind it? Trolling has been around since the Old Norse word ‘troll’, meaning giant or demon, migrated into the English language.

But trolling has since taken on a new meaning, that of the elusive, indiscriminate and potent internet bully — the internet troll…


What is the Proud Boys’ signal? President Trump’s “stand back and stand by” comment, made during the , was met with , and . We wrote about it . But did he give another signal too?

The Trump administration has received vocal support from…


Recently, Prue Leith from Bake Off opened up about her bad LSD trip story. LSD isn’t for everybody — not least, apparently, for The Great British Bake Off judge. The South African-born restaurateur come television presenter has spoken openly about an “appalling” acid trip.

It was the 1960s — it was LSD

The 1960s was a fecund period…


“Me and the boys at 2am looking for beans” was once a kingpin in the world of memes. It commanded legions and led to the creation of merchandise. Now, the meme is dank. Could it be the dankest meme of 2020? First, let’s take a step back.

What is a meme?

Property of the Internet

A is…


This morning, the Mount Sinabung eruption shook Indonesia. When talking about calamities of this scale, it can help to understand the terms used.

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Earlier this year, after 43 years of dormancy, the Philippine island of Luzon was shaken by the eruption of Taal Volcano…


After 4 months of lockdown, charity shop donations continue to rise. Businesses may be scraping around for funds, personnel, and volunteer hours, but the one thing they’re not missing is stock.

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Clear-out season in the UK

We’ve all had clear-outs where we realised just how much junk we…

Bruno Cooke

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